CASA in FY2020
In FY2020 our CASA volunteers...
- Advocated on behalf of 157 children who have experienced abuse or neglect
- Represented in court the best interests of children from over 20 towns in Middlesex County
- CASA Volunteer Advocates donated over 5,200 hours of their time
CASA of Middlesex County Mission, Vision and Values:
Our Mission: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Middlesex County is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving abused and neglected children who are living in out-of-home placements. CASA recruits and trains volunteers to advise the courts and advocate for the children’s best interests.
Our Vision: All children deserve a safe, permanent home.
To that end, we value:
● Commitment - We are committed to having a positive impact on the children we serve.
● Quality - We strive to achieve innovative and tailored advocacy for children and excellence in everything we do.
● Collaboration - We communicate and collaborate with advocates, children and families, stakeholders, and our governing board, while protecting and maintaining confidentiality and privacy.
● Inclusiveness - We create an inclusive and equitable environment for our advocates, children and families, staff, and our governing board. We treat everyone with dignity and respect.
The CASA mission was first established in 1977 in Seattle, Washington, by a family court judge. Shortly after this, CASA programs began to emerge throughout the United States, and, in 1990, CASA became recognized as a national program with the passing of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Then, in 1998, Court Rule 5:8C was adopted in New Jersey that sanctioned the appointment of a CASA volunteer to any case where the welfare of a child was an issue. With the support of CASA programs, leaders of the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), the court system, and community members, CASA of New Jersey was established to oversee a network of CASA programs in New Jersey in 2000. And then, finally, in 2006, CASA of Middlesex County was established to serve the children of Middlesex County.
CASA of Middlesex County serves the following cities and towns: Carteret, Cranbury, Dunellen, East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Jamesburg, Metuchen, Middlesex, Milltown, Monroe, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Piscataway , Plainsboro , Sayreville , South Amboy, South Brunswick , South Plainfield , South River, Spotswood, and Woodbridge.
In one case, CASA worked with Ryan, who was removed from his mother at 5-years-old after the mother was found unconscious due to drug abuse. Additionally, his family’s home was deplorable, with garbage littered throughout and no electricity. After his removal, he was placed in a home where he endured further abuse. Learn how his CASA Advocate helped on our Success Stories Page.